Sequel-dreams do come true. The few and the proud remember the found-footage horror-thriller Cloverfield. This entry will be ditching the found-footage element and will be filmed in traditional-fashion. The film is describe as a "blood relative" to the original and will feature a new cast of characters. The film is being directed by Dan Tratchtenberg, a relatively new director who was responsible for directing the sci-fi short film based on the Portal video-game which soon became a huge hit among the games players and sci-fi fans alike. 10 Cloverfield lane will be his directorial debut, and if the film is a hit with audiences, this could propel his career as a filmmaker ( fingers crossed).
Here's the plot:
After a car accident, a young woman wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the action takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life and that a chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, whatever dangers she may face outside
10 Cloverfield lane seems like it will be going in a much different direction than its spiritual predecessor. For one thing, most of the movie seems like it is going to take place in a surprisingly comfortable and well-furbished cellar where our characters will be playing cards, eating toast, and fully embracing their limited surroundings. John Goodman seems to be playing the "bombastic crazy guy" who claims to have saved Winstead's character, or so at least according to the narrative he gave her. As Winstead's character lets curiosity and urgency get the better of her, she decides to schedule a frantic escape to the outside to see for herself what has befallen the neighborhood and quite possibly world. Oh, and that trailer does a good job of building tension and suspense with practically no dialogue from any of the characters.
It's still a mystery how this film will tie into the Cloverfield mythos aside from possibly showing the creature or a creature similar to the one from the first movie. The director and talent behind this definitely makes it a possible must-watch for the year, aside from the interesting ensemble cast that was put together. 10 Cloverfield lane could potentially light up the box-office opening weekend if reviews are solid and word-of-mouth gets around that it is related to the original. Whether the train stops here for the world of Cloverfield has yet to be revealed or confirmed.